Mumbai: Told to pay for excess baggage, woman claims bomb in her bag

When security checked and investigated her bags, no suspicious items were found

June 02, 2023 02:44 pm | Updated 02:44 pm IST - Mumbai

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Upset over being asked to pay for excess baggage, a female traveller at the Mumbai international airport declared that her bag contained a “bomb”, causing a brief frenzy among the security staff before she was taken into custody, an official said on June 2.

The official said a search of her baggage was conducted, and there was nothing suspicious in it.

The incident occurred on May 29 when the woman, a homemaker from South Mumbai, was scheduled to go to Kolkata with her husband and children to meet her mother, he said.

After reaching the check-in counter, she asked an airline employee for a boarding pass and handed over two bags to the staff.

Per the airline’s rules, a single bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg can be checked in for each domestic flyer.

Since the woman’s bags weighed 22.05 kg, she was asked to pay for excess baggage, he said.

However, the woman allegedly refused to pay for the additional weight and argued with the airline staff.

She later claimed that one of her bags contained a bomb, the official said.

Though the on-duty Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel checked her bag and found nothing suspicious, he said the woman’s claim sparked panic at the airport for some time.

The woman was then handed over to the Sahar police, which registered a first information report (FIR) against her for “endangering lives and safety of others”, he said.

The police asked the woman to remain in court the next day when they also submitted a charge sheet in the case, he added.

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